Eudonia mercurella

    Alt Name
    Small Grey

    Wingspan 16-19 mm. Its similarity to several other species makes it difficult to identify.

    Similar Species

    Scopariinae are a difficult group to identify and sometimes it is necessary to refer to genitalia to be sure. A useful guide can be found at the following LINK

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    The adults, which are easily attracted to light, fly at night from June to September but can be disturbed from their daytime resting places of tree trunks and rocks etc.

    Life History

    The larvae, like many of its congeners, feed on mosses growing on tree trunks and walls.

    UK Status

    A common species in most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    63.074 BF1344

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map